Anatomy and Cell Biology

Van Schaeffer Defends Masters Thesis

Van Schaeffer Defends Masters Thesis

Gilbert (Van) Schaeffer successfully passed his M.S. examination on Monday, November 25, 2013, in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. His thesis title was "Endothelial agonists stimulate VWF release in vitro and trigger TTP in vivo". Members of his thesis committee were chair, David Motto from the Puget Sound Blood Center; Anil Chauhan and Steven Lentz from Hematology/Oncology and Paul Heidger from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Van’s research focused
on the possible involvement of Von Willebrand Factor strings and endothelial activation in TTP pathophysiology.  Van received his Bachelors in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. He began the Biosciences Program at the University of Iowa in 2010.

Following graduation, Van joined the laboratories of Drs. Richard Smith and Carla Nester in the Molecular Otolaryngology and Renal Research Lab (MORL) at the University of Iowa, where his project will focus on looking at several complement system proteins and determining their regulation and kinetics in complement-derived renal diseases.

Congratulations Van!